Polish-American Innovation Bridge

In November, we took part in the Polish-American Innovation Bridge conference. It is an annual event of the TOP500 Innovators Association, and this time it was organized online for the first time. The conference lasted 2 days, was attended by over 70 speakers, and 25 sessions were held.

Day one of the conference was focused on the world of innovation caused by the current crisis. The second day of the conference was devoted to the challenges of today’s world. Our CEO, Krzysztof Radecki, took part in the panel about Artificial Intelligence, IoT, blockchain technology, and Machine Learning, moderated by Justyna Pelc, and shared his experience, together with Jakub Gałka, Maciej Zięba, and Katarzyna Dorsey.

AI, ML, and blockchain – can they solve problems of the contemporary world?

You must first try to use existing solutions, which can be found, for example, thanks to the Product Hunt platform, and then “sew dedicated,” noted Jakub Gałka. He said that “new technologies work well where we have a high repetition of certain activities.” Katarzyna Dorsey talked about implementing a voice and text assistant, which facilitates the purchasing and post-purchase process and provides information. The benefit is speed and time saved. She noted that there are several problems with introducing artificial intelligence, e.g., the fear that machines will replace people. The basic problem is that the law does not keep up with technology and blocks it.

Why blockchain technology?

On the other hand, Krzysztof Radecki conveyed that “blockchain is based on trust that goes beyond physical contact with the customer.” It interacts with the client or citizen, and it must be transparent. It’s a “digital notary.” On the blockchain, “once saved data is unchangeable, it is digitally sealed.” Only full transparency will help the adoption of technology in society. Two parties can say “I check!” at any time.

Conclusions from the panel

Jakub Gałka noted that the obstacle is too much expectation from technology. It will not solve all problems. It has to develop and learn the environment in which it works. Maciej Zięba noted that “artificial intelligence is a tool for solving problems, not an end in itself.” The effectiveness of the algorithms really translates into profit.

All experts noted that the most important thing is to educate the public. A guarantee is needed that artificial intelligence is “a guarantee of data,” as Krzysztof Radecki said. You have to show positive aspects. Artificial intelligence works well and helps us when we do not see it. As Jakub Gałka noted – “it does not require interaction and shows technical empathy for our needs.”

We invite you to listen to the panel on YT (in Polish).